Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

We spent new years in Sacramento. Luke loved spending time with Grandma and Grandpa -- both in the rocking chair (above) and on Grandpa's lap watching football (below).

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Christmas eve was spent caroling with a big group of friends in San Jose with beverage cart in tow...
Christmas morning...
Since we were still recovering from the cruise and associated travels, we had a wonderful relaxing Christmas at home. Luke had a great time emptying his stocking and opening his gifts.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Caribbean Cruise 2008 Day 7: Miami

Outta the way, I'm late for work!...
Just kidding, haha...After a week at sea, we took the afternoon to enjoy South Beach. We watched the kite surfers, took more pictures of Luke, and walked and walked and walked to find a good place to eat lunch. That night our hotel forgot to get a crib for us... again; so Luke slept with us and we got a free room. We flew out the next morning and Luke got to look at more airplanes...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Caribbean Cruise 2008 Day 6: Day at Sea

On day 6, Caleb, Andrew, and I took on the undefeated cruise worker team in a no-holds-barred soccer match. Caleb put us up 3-0 in the first few minutes so they put in their subs and beat us. We'll have to try harder next time. We got in a little miniature golf too... Nick won.
Then we just relaxed the rest of the day. Mostly in the various hot tubs around the ship.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Caribbean Cruise 2008 Day 5: Labadee, Haiti

Royal Caribbean's private peninsula in Haiti was surprisingly awesome. 5 or 6 pristine beaches with plenty of chairs, hammocks, and shade for everyone, free food, swimming areas, the longest zip line in the world, and drinks delivered. Here's a map.
Back on the ship it was another dress up night. Check out Luke's cheesy grin:

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Caribbean Cruise 2008 Day 4: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Philipsburg, St. Maarten! Luke loved exploring the beach and we enjoyed relaxing with a couple ice buckets full of Coronas.
Luke spent a good amount of time running around the ship with Grandpa, especially deck 4...

Check out the slideshow for more pictures from St. Maarten.

Natalie and Lori singing on stage at in the ship's Irish Pub...

Monday, December 08, 2008

Caribbean Cruise 2008 Day 3: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico! Some of us made the 20 minute walk to the fort. It was beautiful at sunset.
Natalie did well on the flowrider, she got up to her knees pretty quick and only fell when she tried the 360.
We met up with our friends Liz and Jesse who live in Puerto Rico; they showed us how the locals live and we had a great dinner with them before getting back on the ship.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Caribbean Cruise 2008 Day 2: Day at Sea

The ship has an awesome baby pool area for Luke to play in. I tested out the Flowrider wave thing and won a medal in the sexy legs competition for the 4th straight time -- it helped this time that Natalie was a judge. Then we all got dressed up for 'formal night' dinner...

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Caribbean Cruise 2008: Day 1

Heading out of Miami on Royal Caribbean's "Liberty of the Seas" with 21 members of our family. Luke did great on the plane rides and is enjoying exploring this huge ship so far.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving at the Bradley Lodge

Like last year, we spent Thanksgiving at the Bradley Lodge in Big Trees with the family. The big project this time was continuing to chop up the tree we had cut down a couple months ago. I got to use the chainsaw -- one step closer to my dream of becoming a lumberjack someday.
We got to preview Erin and Eric's new house they're building up there to get ready for the twins on the way. On the way home we stopped by Copperolpolis to see what the new downtown was all about and they just happened to be having a tree lighting ceremony that night. Everyone in town (~100 people) were out at City Hall to ride the horse-drawn carriage, listen to the carolers, and watch the tree light up. Luke didn't like the snowman very much, but other than that he enjoyed our little 15 minute detour.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

San Francisco Zoo

Jerome and Becca invited us to go to the San Francisco Zoo today. Luke and Sierra had a great time with the animals, especially the goats. Check out the slideshow below to see the bears, ducks, and even the squirrel that stole all our food.
This zoo is pretty lame at the moment, they don't have many animals and most of the exhibits seem to be empty or closed -- however, the children's petting area is awesome!
On the way home we stopped to take a stroll on ocean beach.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Luke and the Ukelele

Luke received this Ukulele from Grandpa and Grandma after their Hawaii Cruise. This is by far his favorite toy. I'm certain he is going to be a famous musician one day.
I still have upload some video of Luke walking around the house playing... so more on this later!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Anniversary Weekend Away

This past weekend Dave took me on a secret anniversary getaway. Since we were dropping Luke off in Lodi I had a pretty good idea we were going to our wedding reception site, the beautiful winery/hotel/spa Wine and Roses, I was right! Our room was beautiful with a huge fireplace and large spa-like bathtub

The first night we ate a romantic dinner at the hotel. My mom sent us wine and chocolates to pair with it, so we enjoyed yummy dessert and wine every night.
On Saturday Dave had a couples massage set up for us in the Hotel's Spa ...oh it was so glorious!! We spent 5 hours just hanging out in our robes at the spa enjoying a glass of wine in the jacuzzi and by the open air fire pit, I think I could have stayed there all day. That evening we joined in on the local Taste-and-Sip tour of many of the local wineries. We even received a free, signed bottle of Old Vine Zin from Pasos Vineyards thanks to their super friendly sales girl.

On Sunday we enjoyed a leisurely morning of breakfast and a game of Nerts then it was off to pick up our little buddy at Great Grandma's house nearby. It was a much needed weekend of just being "US", rest and relaxation. Now back to reality!

Friday, November 07, 2008

4-Year Anniversary

Happy anniversary Natalie! Four years ago today I first experienced the great joy of calling you my wife. With each year that goes by I grow in my love for you as I see more of your loving heart, humble spirit, and prayerful wisdom. You're a fun and adventurous travel companion, an incredible mother to our son, and my best friend. I pray that I'll continue to learn how to love and serve you better in the many years to come.
I love you, my beautiful bride. Happy Anniversary.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

UAE Desert Challenge

My buddy Jonathan just completed an impressive feat, he competed in the UAE Desert Challenge last weekend in Dubai -- a 5-day 1,300 mile race through the desert. Riding the dunes is a good way to pass the time when you live in Dubai. His team of 4 amateurs decided to do it for charity and ended up raising $100,000 for two charities, the Dubai Center for Special Needs and Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) for people living near Lake Albert in Uganda.
You can read and see more on their "UAE Charity Challenge" website.
XPress article.
Gulf News article.
Looks like fun, I'll have to enter this race with Luke someday.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Luke on SmugMug

When you go trick-or-treating with the CEO of SmugMug, you get really cool pictures taken of your kid! They had an awesome photo-shoot setup in their driveway for the neighborhood kids (and adults... Natalie and I will have to dress up next year). Check out all of Luke's pictures here.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Luke was a fireman for his first Halloween. We met up with some friends and trick-or-treated in Mountain View.

Luke is walking around everywhere now.

Here's Luke with his firehose, ready for any emergency...